Jan 10, 2013 4:00am EST
crisis. and president obama is expected to make the final touches to his second term economic team today. cnbc's john harwood has more on the changes coming to the u.s. treasury department. >> president obama has already filled out the members of his national security team for the second term. now he's filling out the economic term for a second term including his choice for treasury secretary. later today, we expect the president is going to appoint his current white house chief of staff jack lou as current treasury secretary. jack lew is a veteran of capitol hill and of more than one big major budget negotiations which is exactly what the president is facing right now. he's somebody with a low key demeanor who gets along well with others. his confirmation is expected to be not too difficult. what he doesn't provide is a strong business background or wall street ties, although he did work for citigroup for a while and he doesn't have the experience in financial regulation that tim geithner brought to the job having head of the federal reserve bank of new york during the financial crisis.
Jan 11, 2013 4:00am EST
dominant position. >>> barack obama officially nominated jack lew to replace timothy geithner overnight. speaking from the east room of the white house, the president made it clear just why he made this move for the post. >> over the past year, i've sought jack's advice on virtually every decision i've made from economic policy to foreign policy. and one reason jack has been so ekive in this town is because he is a low-key guy who prefers to surround himself with policy experts rather than television cameras. and and to hear who has been nominated for obama's cabinet, senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state, jack lew to replace timothy geithner and chuck hagel to as secretary of defense. tinny, good to see you. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, too. >> nice to see you. what do you make of the reshuffle? >> well, they are not surprising choices. there's a lot of discussion about whether obama's second term means changes or continuity. i'd use another key term which is consolidation. i think his cabinet are loyalists and insiders. they'll help move forw
Jan 9, 2013 4:00am EST
without ignoring this thing called the euro. after the u.s. elections when obama won, you had the risk aversion trade, stocks came down, but actually the risk metrics in the eurozone were much better. that means bond yields in the eurozone went up by less than the s&p fell and the euro fell in percent animal terms by less, then stocks went down and bond yields in the eurozone went up. that is thanks to the man that was elected the man of the year, mr. januaandraggy. he was able it do it without doing the omt. that capped the rise in bond yields in the eurozone, supported the euro, and that's the main reason why, the correlation between the euro and the s&p kind of weakened to the favor of the euro. and if the thing that i mentioned this year will happen, which is basically, you know, the gdp growth in greece may come back up, i think that will be good for the u.s. >> boris, response briefly. >> yeah, but you know, we can play the same game on the euro side where we -- we heard that story over and over again. what we have, moderation of periphery yields, euro rallies, then again we have